Based in Sarnia, Ontario, the South Western International Film Festival is a four-day arts & culture Festival celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2019. SWIFF brings culturally diverse, international stories, live music, virtual reality exhibits and filmmaking workshops to the South Western Ontario region of Canada. Our mission is to spotlight new voices, global perspectives and unique stories that will engage a region that has a growing thirst for Art and Culture. Guests of the festival have included Academy Award-nominees, Bing Liu (MINDING THE GAP) and screenwriter Emma Donoghue (ROOM), Patricia Rozema (INTO THE FOREST), Nathan Morlando (MEAN DREAMS), Richie Mehta (INDIA IN A DAY), Johnny Ma (OLD STONE), Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (ANGRY INUK), Shilpa Ray, The Sadies and many more.
2019 marks our 5th anniversary! We hope you'll join us!
All films selected are given a screening fee.
People's Choice Feature Award (Feature)
Best Short Film Cash Prize
Six Canadian shorts compete against six shorts from around the world with the SWIFF audience selecting one winner for the coveted SWIFF Audience award.
Film must have been made within 365 days of our deadline